DIYDrones - CNC Project


DIYDrones - CNC Project

Well, it originated as a blog, and has grown into a DIYDrones attempt at creating a CNC machine.

This group is set up so that we can organize the activity.

For background, the original blog is located here:

Location: Cyber Space
Members: 178
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2018

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Progress on the Harp Fabricator

Started by Monroe King. Last reply by Monroe King Sep 29, 2017. 40 Replies


Need some help with the following for my designs. Telemetry, GPS, barometric leveling, altitude hold

Started by Bill Schonfelder Nov 10, 2015. 0 Replies

I have been using kk2.1 boards upgraded with stevis 1.9 firmware.The highest motor I have used is 800 kv with 30 amp simonk flashed firmware.I have created new styles of power distribution boards for…Continue

New CNC website

Started by John Hestness. Last reply by Ruwan Jan 26, 2014. 1 Reply

I found a CNC related website that seems like a good fit for the DIYdrones culture.  http://www.openbuilds.comContinue

Brainstorming Specifications.

Started by Ellison Chan. Last reply by chewdonkey Nov 27, 2013. 278 Replies

Setting this discussion up to gather up and brainstorm ideas.LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS UNDER CONSIDERATION:Motors/Controllers:…Continue

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Comment by Monroe King on August 13, 2015 at 5:31am

Yeah! I'm still around and thanks! The main reason I'm doing this here is it started here we will probably do CNC Zone as well but it did start here.
There is still the rocket plane project that is moving forward. I've been busy with Ardurocket and the Pixhawk and keeping quiet for a while till we have that ready.
There is a new full duplex telemetry system in the works and a amateur tracking network still in the works and the ardupilot/Pixhawk space program using these in cubesats and much more going on so the next few years we plan on introducing a lot of really cutting edge stuff using the Pixhawk and ground control.
I really think you will like what we have in store for this CNC machine a Kit and all the instructions to do it yourself.
More coming soon! Gotta get back to work and I still don't have time to update but very soon there will be news :)
Looking forward to working with you guy's again and we will need the help of the original folks here to test and debug before we offer up the plans and kit.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on August 13, 2015 at 4:48am

I thought I might be able to shake the bush and have something fly out... ;)

Good to hear from you RM!

I have not given up at all and am happy to help/assist anyone interested in building a machine.

The problem with this tech is the constant moving and improving.

The great thing about tech is the constant moving and improving. :)

With so many options and choices and actual machines available today, I question the need to start with a clean sheet. Just my opinion. Perhaps it is better to take an established/supported machine and develop from there?

This is as good a spot to showcase builds like Ruwan did below, but keep in mind the hobbyist here is looking for flying machines that could have some level of autonomy.

A professional machinist - like yourself - has another level of accuracy, precision, and maybe another order of magnitude more. CNC Zone has those systems and every possible variation.

Good to hear from you!


Comment by Monroe King on August 13, 2015 at 4:22am

Believe it or not there is new life coming to this project. I have been very busy over the last 2 years but this project is not dead!

Elliot Kulakow is in China right now looking for ballscrews, Servos and Drivers for this project. I expect we will revive it over the next few months.

Right now our machine shop is developing a turbopump for a Peroxide/Gasoline rocket engine and as soon as the machine work is done there we plan to restart this project. So don't give up yet! :)

Our shop grew quite a bit over the last year and we can now make quick work once we start on the next phase of this project.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on August 13, 2015 at 4:07am

For those stumbling across/finding this group...

My Momus project is sorta back on track after I got distracted with a change in position in my company, getting reaquainted with fixed wing aircraft, and all the other things living in this world requires.

It is probably safe to say the DIYD CNC is a dead end, but the idea of using CNC routers for this hobby is still valid.

Depending on your location and resources, it may be best to partner with a group or someone that has the CNC resources. That way you can save your money and time for the flying machine.


Comment by Ruwan on April 18, 2014 at 1:37pm

Thanks Mark. I will definitely do that. 

Comment by Mark Harrison on April 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

Great video Ruwan!  I hope you'll post some more Shapeoko experiences.  You have made me start to seriously think about getting one!

Comment by Ruwan on April 17, 2014 at 8:53pm

My CNC build..

Comment by Ruwan on February 13, 2014 at 4:38pm

I'm in to a Shapeoko build now. Going to finish it as time permits. 
For people interested, misumi is giving a $150 promotion! CNC components like extrusions are available there. Have a look at here>

Comment by Ruwan on January 26, 2014 at 9:41pm

Thanks a lot Doug! Seems many of them upgrade from Dremel to DW660.
I'm considering buying the just the hardware kit and add electronics/spindle separately. Still need to read a lot. Wish our DIYD CNC project moved further.

I remember you've mentioned about Momus design, going to read about it again.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 26, 2014 at 4:51pm

Ruwan, that inventables machine uses a Dremel type tool for the router. Euan Ramsay asked if it will cut 2mm CF stock.

For most hobby parts that do not require much precision, that type of tool will do. A significant upgrade would be a good spindle but those are not cheap. The play and runout error of a Dremel usually makes machinists ill to think about. ;)

That would be a good hobby machine or first CNC project and is reasonably priced.

Cutting CF (and regular G10 fiberglass stock) will wear out a cutting tool quickly. With Dremel type spindle, there will have to be several passes to full depth at good speed or one very slow pass at full depth. The tool just cannot provide enough torque to quickly cut that material.

The price of good carbide cutters is often overlooked in a project like this. They are usually disposed of when dull.




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